What Health Risks Can You Inherit?

Your grandmother died at age 75 of a heart attack. Does that mean you are at increased risk of a heart attack, too? Your mother has osteoporosis; what does that mean about your risks for the condition? Your family medical history offers vital information to help you live a healthier life, and prevent illnesses for which you may be at risk, but knowing how to interpret information about the health of your relatives can be tricky. For example, your grandmother’s cause of death could mean that heart disease runs in your family, or it could just mean that her heart gave out because she was overweight or smoked. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of inheritable diseases, your own risks and where you can go for more information.